Ace of Spays

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INSTRUCTIONS

Before Your Appointment

CONSENT AND SIGN-IN FORM

  • Cats-purchase a carrier if you do not have one already.
  • Catching the Cat: Leave your carrier near the feeding station several days before your appointment. Feed in the carrier if possible. Cats need to eat to stay healthy so if the cat does not eat the food while in the carrier, offer some food next to the carrier as well. This process will make it much easier to catch the cat the morning of surgery.
  • Consider a complete physical exam and/or bloodwork. Neither are required but please read our recommendations here:

PRE-OPERATIVE BLOOD TESTS AND EXAMS

Night Before Surgery

  • Feeding Instructions:
    • No food after 10 pm. Leave water down. 
    • Do NOT withhold water from any pets. 
  • Place a note on the food or at the feeding station the night before surgery to prevent accidental feeding.

Morning of Surgery

  • Reschedule if your the kittly gets fed accidentally.
  • Arrive at 1485 Route 38, Hainesport, NJ at your scheduled time. There is a map below. Drop off time is between 8-9 am.
  • Bring your consent form. You will find this in your e-mail once you fill the form out online. If you haven’t filled it out yet, here is the link: CONSENT FORM. Paper copies are also available on the accessible parking sign at the office.
  • A rabies certificate is NOT needed unless you want a 3-year rabies shot for your pet.
  • Cats MUST be in individual cat carriers or traps.

Pick Up Time

  • Pick up at your scheduled time. If you cannot manage your scheduled time, pick up anytime between 4-5 pm. Do not wait for a call. All pets will be ready to leave by 4 pm. No pick-ups after 5 pm ($50 fee per 15 minutes late fee).
  • Be sure to leave with:
    • any medications that were prescribed
    • your invoice (will have doctor’s cell number)
    • your post-operative instructions

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After Surgery

  • Be sure water is available immediately on returning home.
  • Keep warm. Avoid heating pads.
  • Offer a small amount of canned food when you get home. Feed 1/2 of a normal meal 2 hours later.
  • Resume normal feeding in the morning. 
  • No over-the-counter pain medications. TOXIC!
  • Keep indoor/outdoor cats in the house for 10 days, wild cats for 24 hours.
  • Confine to a small area with food, water and litter for a 10 day period in order to minimize running, jumping and playing.
  • No Baths for 10 days.
  • E-Collar, if purchased, for 10 days.

What to Expect (In Some Pets) After Surgery

  • Minor sleepiness
  • Watery eyes and/or drooling
  • Rare vomiting
  • A scrotum that is up to twice the size of the testicles. This resolves over 1-6 weeks.
  • A non-painful lump by the incision. Resolves within 3-6 weeks.
  • Sutures are under the skin. They get absorbed by the body so suture removal is not needed. Male cats do not have closed incisions (ie/no sutures) for their well-being. This is the standard neuter procedure.

What Requires Veterinary Care After Surgery

  • A “lump” near the incision that disappears when pushed on or that is accompanied by poor appetite
  • Anything protruding from the incision
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • More than a few drops of blood from the incision the night of surgery or any bleeding thereafter
  • A pet that is unwilling to move around
  • Severe swelling (over 2 times the size the testicles had been) of the scrotum.
  • Decreased appetite that lasts more than 2 days
  • Skin discoloration, pus or a highly painful swelling around the incision
  • Anything that has you concerned. Trust your instincts: when in doubt, call the vet. 

Emergency contact numbers

Dr Cobb’s cell phone number (for post-operative concerns ONLY) will be provided on your invoice. She greatly prefers texting. If the situation is urgent, do not wait for a reply. Pennsauken Animal Hospital (856-662-4450) runs a reasonably priced urgent care. When they are closed, we have been most happy with Blue Pearl Levittown (215-750-7884), or, locally, Mt Laurel Animal Hospital (856-234-7626).

Non-Urgent Post-Operative Concerns

You can e-mail non-emergent questions, including photos, by using this link:

NON-URGENT POST-OPERATIVE QUESTIONS/CONCERNS

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